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November 2012
Tim Bilecki

Marine Gets with a Celibate Woman and Faces Rape Charges, Bilecki Exposes Lie

Sexual Assault, Adultery
Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan (Trial held in Quantico, VA)
Marine Corps Master Sergeant – E-8
Not guilty of all sexual crimes, no conviction, no jail time.

After dining and drinking at Applebee’s, the two agreed to return to the Marine’s motel room to continue the conversation and have more drinks. In the motel room, the Master Sergeant and the alleged victim had another drink, and that is when the alleged victim claims to have “blacked out.” At or around 5:00 AM she awoke from the sounds of her mother banging on the motel room door, looking for her and upset that she failed to come home on time the previous evening.

The alleged victim quickly dressed and told her mother that she had been raped. The motive to fabricate the story was obvious; the young lady did not want to admit to her mother that she went to a motel room with a man she just met and had sex with him.

This case involves yet another false allegation of sexual assault in which the military prosecutors ignored obvious exculpatory evidence in their overzealous “war on sexual assault.” In this case, the alleged victim was literally caught with her pants down. The accused was a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps who was on TAD to Quantico, Virginia, for training. While on TAD, he first met the alleged victim, who was selling timeshares at the mall. After the meeting, the two agreed to go out later that evening. The Marine picked up the “victim” at her home, and the two went to Applebee’s for dinner and drinks.

Mr. Bilecki tried this case as an Article 120 UCMJ sexual assault defense attorney, and the client was found not guilty of all sexual assault allegations.

To win this case, Mr. Bilecki conducted an extensive investigation, including a careful review of the surveillance camera footage of the motel where the Marine was staying the night he invited the alleged victim back to his hotel room.

The video camera footage clearly showed the two of them walking into the motel lobby arm in arm. The defense team continued to review the footage and saw numerous instances of the couple walking up and down the stairwell together throughout the evening, appearing to be having a good time, including the time the alleged victim claimed she was blacked out. The video also showed that both individuals were happy to be with one another and consented to whatever sexual acts occurred that evening, which contradicted the alleged victim’s story.

To explain further to the jury why she would fabricate a sexual assault claim, a member of the defense team traveled to Quantico, Virginia, to interview witnesses and to conduct a crime scene examination. Bilecki also utilized a private investigator to conduct a complete background check on the alleged victim and her family to uncover any additional motives or fruit for cross-examination. The defense team learned that prior to the alleged victim’s allegations, the “victim’s” mother purchased and gave her a promise ring that symbolized the alleged victim’s promise to remain celibate until marriage. Moreover, the investigation revealed that the alleged victim had a long history of excessive drinking and smoking marijuana.

To attack the government’s position that the alleged victim was too drunk to consent to any sexual activity, notwithstanding that the surveillance video showed her walking up and down the motel stairs throughout the evening with the Master Sergeant, Bilecki retained the services of a forensic toxicologist to put the alleged victim’s BAC into context and to refute her claim that she was blacked out. Our expert utilized the fact that the alleged victim was an experienced drinker without any prior history of blackouts, before or after events, along with the video footage of her at the motel to conclude that the “victim” had what the defense termed a “blackout of convenience – it was easier for her to claim that she was blacked out than to tell the truth.

Gavel, themis, books, scales

At trial, the defense aggressively cross-examined the alleged victim to expose that she was so embarrassed to be caught by her mother at 5:00 AM in a motel room with a man she had just met, breaking her promise of chastity to her mother that she fabricated a story that she was sexually assaulted. The defense was also able to show that her story about conveniently blacking out was not medically supported. Perhaps most importantly, the alleged victim’s claims were contradicted by the surveillance videos presented at trial. The jury could see the she walking arm and arm into the motel with the Marine and see the couple throughout the night, walking up and down the stairwell, smiling and laughing and having a good time – until she was caught by her mother.

It took nearly a year for the case to trial, but it took only a few hours for the jury to acquit the Master Sergeant on all sexual assault charges. He was, not surprisingly, convicted of adultery and sentenced to a one-grade reduction and a reprimand. After the trial, however, the defense team negotiated a post-trial agreement with the Convening Authority to have the adultery conviction set aside.

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